s200_james_l-smithI am Dr James Smith, a scholar who edits, or an editor who scholars.

Scrivener & Smith is where I do both of these things together, and where you can learn more about me.

A little about me: I received my doctorate in History from the University of Western Australia in 2013, was a research associate at the University of York from 2015-17, and now live in Ireland. My first academic bookWater in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). I have also edited a volume entitled The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and am currently co-editing a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.

I balance my time between scholarly research and freelance services. In 2017-18, I will be a visiting research fellow at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. See more about my work here.

In addition I have over six years of scholarly editing experience in academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, this has included freelance work as a house editor and advanced editor (online testing) for Thomson Reuters UK. I am an Intermediate Member of the UK Society for Editors and Proofreaders.


I am on Twitter and LinkedIn as a scholar/editor hybrid.